Seun Kuti, the renowned Nigerian saxophonist, has dismissed the notion that Lagos is a Yoruba land. Instead, he called it a “European satellite slave port“. He also disagreed with the belief that Lagos is no man’s land. He stated categorically that everyone moved to the city to partake in the slave trade.
The musician went on to claim that all prominent elites in the state are slavers. He indicated that Lagos has a long history of slave trading. These remarks by Seun Kuti have caused quite a stir, as Lagos is considered to be the economic capital of Nigeria and has a significant population of Yoruba people.
While there are different opinions on the origins and history of Lagos, Seun Kuti’s statements highlight the need for a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the city’s past and its diverse population.